John Ziouras passed away peacefully in his home on October 24th at the age of 76. He is survived by his wife, Stella, his three children, Michael, Jennifer, and Jim, his grandchildren, Aeden, Yianni, Kianna, Alex, Roman, Stella, and Bryce and his siblings, Jim and Christine.
John was born on February 14, 1944 in Slimnitsa, Greece. He enjoyed the first twelve years of his life having many adventures with his brother and sister as his family traveled around post-World War II Greece trying to find stability. The family moved to Chicago in 1956. It was here that he met his wife of 53 years at his parent’s restaurant and by 1971, had opened up his first restaurant with his brother and brother-in-law. John, always seeking adventure, eventually moved to Salt Lake City which has been his home for the last 38 years and where he built, with his family, the Apollo Burger group of restaurants.
John was an extremely creative individual finding outlets for this passion with his oil painting, bouzouki playing and the delicious creations he made at the family bakery. He was constantly curious and a life-long learner, fearless in attempting new business endeavors and always learning about history, world events and wildlife. He enjoyed playing computer games, traveling, trying new foods and stamp collecting. He led a full life and will be missed.
A Trisagion service will be held on Friday, October 30th at 7pm MST. He will be laid to rest at Mount Olivet Cemetery. Due to current circumstances, services will be private. Those wishing to attend virtually may view the services by returning to this page and selecting “Watch Service.” The Trisagion will be offered livestream while the graveside services will be posted at a later time; both services will remain on the site for all to view.
In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to the American Heart Association either through their website, www.heart.org, or via the phone at 1-800-AHA-USA1.
Lastly, in these times with the difficulty in getting together, please enjoy our photos and share your memories below for all to enjoy. Our entire family is forever appreciative of the love and support we have received and wish to extend our heartfelt thanks to all of our family and friends who have shared their memories with us.